Opinion

In defense of Cramer

Letters to the Editor

Patrick Jensen Bismarck A Jan. 15th letter from Chris Deery that attacked Congressman Kevin Cramer was misleading and short sighted. The letter suggested that a 2014 Cramer campaign ad “displays disrespect for veterans” because it was shot at a state-owned cemetery. The letter was ...

The case for multiple sports

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Tommy John San Diego, Calif I wanted to compliment Alex Eisen’s article highlighting Brett Davis and stressing that he is a multi-sport athlete. Youth participation in organized sports in the U.S. is rising, with many kids focusing on a single sport. That’s despite the fact that ...

Time to replace Heitkamp

Letters to the Editor

Medora Nagle Bismarck On January 29th, 2018, the Senate blocked a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This bill was backed by President Donald Trump and two-thirds of Americans, including more than half of Democrats and more than half of self-described pro-choice Americans. ...

State of the City Address should be annual event

Editorials

Those who attended Thursday night’s first State of the City Address – or watched it streaming live – were treated to a frank briefing on the city’s recent history, how it impacts where the city is today, and an outline of where the city is going. It also outlined priorities that ...

It can happen here

National Columnists

We remain embroiled in a debate over the nature and extent of our own government's spying on us. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted in 1978 as a response to the unlawful government spying of the Watergate era, was a lawful means for the government to engage in foreign ...

Department consolidation makes sense, may just be the start

Editorials

City Manager Tom Barry’s call for a restructuring of the planning department makes good sense and could very well be just the beginning of additional consolidation in city hall in the year ahead. Barry is recommending creating a new department head position for a community development ...

The FBI’s scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

National Columnists

Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should not be debatable: The effort by the FBI to prevent its release was scandalous. The ostensible reason for suppressing the memo was that it was ...

Silk road

National Columnists

Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd -- an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion." By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion -- government force ...

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos

National Columnists

Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry's light. I'm looking at you, Dan Rather. After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter's monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined ...

Ward County wise to implement human resource department

Editorials

Ward County’s plan to restructure its human resource responsibilities into a new department is a wise one. The Ward County Commission examined proposals Tuesday for replacing Colleen Houmann, human resources coordinator, when she retires Feb. 28. They supported hiring a human resources ...

The practical side of a reasonable compromise

National Columnists

During President Trump's State of the Union address, he laid out four pillars he felt were necessary to a compromise on immigration. "The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a ...

Let’s limit spending

National Columnists

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of ...

Lawsuit inevitable in right-of-way conflict

Editorials

It should come as no surprise that the debate over Ward Couty’s right of way “donation” rule is headed to the federal courts. There is simply no other remotely fair and even-kiltered institution to hear the dispute and have a resolution applied. The Ward County Farm Bureau and Ward ...

Garbage/recycling issues are just growing pains

Editorials

When the City of Minot completes its changes to garbage service and recycling, there will certainly be residents who don’t like any new systems. There will be those who will never approve of any change. Already there are those asserting a lack of competence and/or integrity on the part of the ...

A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

Community Columnists

Of you’re like many Americans, you are already struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions. But consider the big picture: lifestyle changes like exercising more, quitting smoking and eating better are long-term strategies that may reduce your risk of cancer. About 1.7 million Americans ...

The Media’s free pass for bitter democrats

National Columnists

Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the left was complaining that he was going to look "presidential." It still can't accept that he is president and gets to give presidential speeches. But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it. The Trump speech was ...

Minot not short of risk-takers

Editorials

One of the hardest things for a young person to do today perhaps is to go it alone – to open a business of your own. Be your own boss, win or lose. It is very evident that the entrepreneurial spirit still exists in Minot. Witness the opening of the indoor mini-golf business in downtown. Or, ...

Democrats should be wary of hubris in the 2018 cycle

Community Columnists

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with liberal friends of mine about North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. They’re awfully confident. So much so they remind me of another group of people. Republicans in the 2012 election cycle (including this right-of-center observer, I must ...